These rock amulets are based on Japanese basketry knots and other basketry techniques. They may be purely decorative or used as a contemplative focus for meditation. Historically, amulets were sacred, precious and imbued with healing powers.
All students must bring their own rocks to wrap. Rocks should be smooth (not polished), rounded, and fit comfortably in your hand (from approximately 6cm x 4cm up to 11cm x 5cm). Stones used in landscaping, available from local garden suppliers, are ideal. Note: Polished stones may be used but are more slippery therefore more difficult to handle.
The following are some of the materials that may be used for wrapping. Please bring these ONLY if you already have them. They are expensive and usually only a small quantity is required for this class. Some wrapping materials will be available for sale from the tutor including waxed linen, leather thonging, cane and copper
- Waxed Irish linen thread (available online from Royalwood)
- Leather thonging (available from Lefflers Leather)
- Flat chair seating cane (available online from Royalwood)
- Thick string or 2mm cord
- Copper wire
Date: Saturday 14 October 2017 Time: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Class fee: $105
Materials fee: Dependent on items bought from the tutor
About the Tutor: Anne Newton has been teaching textile and fibre based techniques to children and adults for more than 20 years.
Saturday 14 October 2017, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
- Learn to decorate a rock with a variety of materials and a variety of decorative basketry knots & techniques
- Take home your beautifully wrapped rock, and the skills and ideas to prepare more
- Your own rock to wrap
- Scissors suitable to cut strong thread, string and/or leather
- A curved needle if you have one
- Interesting nails, washers or sticks
- A large eye, blunt tapestry needle (the tutor will have some needles available to borrow or buy)
Comfortable clothes for crafting
Adults 18 years and older who want to learn basketry knotting techniques applied in this unusual and historic way
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